Who We Are

Delaware STEP (Support Through Empowerment and Partnerships) is a non-profit coalition that provides three programs to the Delaware community.

Bridges out of Poverty is a training to increase awareness about issues and causes of generational poverty. Community leaders, business owners, law enforcement officers, public education teachers, counselors and administrators, and agency workers are encouraged to attend this training which is held twice a year.

Getting Ahead is a series of classes for under-resourced persons to help them increase their knowledge of community resources, learn about the “hidden rules” and other differences in socio-economic classes, and help them find their voice and become involved in helping to identify issues that present challenges for those in poverty.

Stepping Up is a monthly dinner and program designed to keep our Getting Ahead graduates involved and connected to a supportive network of caring people, and to offer continuing education about local programs and causes. Stepping Up is held on the first Wednesday of each month during the school year, with dinner at 5:30 in the Fellowship Hall of William Street United Methodist Church, followed by an informative program at 6:15. Upcoming programs include “Healthy Relationships (Helpline) in January; Finding Employment (Job and Family Services) in February; Habitat for Humanity in March; “Making the Most of your Money when Shopping (Diane May and Myra Rund) in April; COVA services in May. *All Stepping Up dinners and programs are open to the community. You don’t have to be a graduate of the Getting Ahead program to attend.

For addition information about our programs, please contact Nancy Miller at nancymiller287@gmail.com or Bonnie Ristau at bristau7@gmail.com